Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Darkest Hour (2017)

The Pollock Theater is proud to present this pre-release screening of one of this year's frontrunners for an Academy Award

Screening format: Sony 4K Digital Projection (114 minutes)

Director: Joe Wright

Producers: Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Douglas Urbanski

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lily James 

Screenwriter: Anthony McCarten

This event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.

Note: There will be no late seating for this event.  Patrons arriving after 7:00 PM will not be admitted, regardless of reservation status.

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour. As the threat of invasion looms and the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, the Allied army is cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk. The fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister: Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman). While working to outflank his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour presents the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940, during which Churchill’s courage and leadership changed the course of world history.

UCSB Script to Screen will host Producer and UCSB alumna Lisa Bruce for a post-screening Q&A. The event will be moderated by Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, the Carsey-Wolf Center, and the Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and co-produced by the Pollock Theater student staff. Script to Screen: Darkest Hour is co-sponsored by Focus Features.

Lisa Bruce, Producer

Lisa Bruce is a UCSB alumna who has made a highly successful film career as a producer and production manager. She began her career by co-founding the production company Orenda Films before venturing into independent film production and producing telefilms for HBO such as Walkout (2006) and Mary and Martha (2013). Her producing credits include Fighting (2009) and No Strings Attached (2011).

Lisa Bruce's work on The Theory of Everything (2014) helped earn the film an Oscar® nomination as well as the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the 2015 BAFTA awards.


Moderator Matt Ryan

Matthew Ryan is Director of the Pollock Theater where he pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which offers students the opportunity to develop professional production skills with hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests like Oscar® winning screenwriter John Ridley fo12 Years a Slave,  and Oscar® winning screenwriter Alan Ball for American Beauty.